leather jacket, sweater, black jeans, ankle bootsThis is what I wore to celebrate my birthday on Friday night. Nate and I left the kid’s with my mom, and went out for dinner. I had to decide between sushi and steak. Since, I haven’t been able to eat sushi for the last nine months that won me over. We decided to try Dozo, the new sushi bar and lounge that opened up late this summer. I must say I enjoyed myself despite the loud music. The staff was friendly, and the food was delicious. Service was quick and everything was priced reasonably. To top things off, they have one of my favorite ice creams ever. For dessert we spilt a glass of green tea ice cream. Everything was just as good as I remembered it being.

After leaving the restaurant I requested we head over to our favorite coffee shop for a hot going home treat. Once my hands were wrapped around a cup of green tea chai latte (can you tell I’ve got a thing for green tea?!?) we trekked back to our car, and went to pick up Lyla and Jasper.

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Jacket-Wilson’s Leather, Sweater-Capezio(thrifted), Jeans-Target, Boots-Payless

Hey everyone!  I’m Kinsey from In Kinsey’s Closet, and I’m guest posting for Danielle while she’s on blogger maternity leave!

A few years ago, if you looked into my closet you would have seen blouses, dresses, boots, and hangers all tangled in a big pile.  I’d rifle through it every once in a while if I needed a specific item, but for the most part I just let the pile sit there accumulating dirty clothes.  Since I’ve started style blogging, I have realized that my clothes need better care.  Picture your clothing as a car; regular maintenance and mindfulness are necessary to keep it on the road.  The same is true for your wardrobe.In Kinsey's Closet, maintaining clothes, blue polka dot dress, red cardigan

Here are some quick tips for better maintaining your clothes so that you can keep your wardrobe and blog in tip top shape!

1)   Start off with better quality items.  Okay, so this isn’t really a tip about maintaining clothes, but it needs to be said.  No matter how carefully you hang and launder your favorite Forever21 shirt, it’s probably still going to pill and come apart at the seems after a while.  Even with small paychecks and tight budgets, saving for a few well made pieces gets you so much more than several items from the cheapie stores.  I also tend to feel an obligation to take better care of clothing that I had to save up for.  You can bet I’m thinking twice about throwing my Calvin Klein dress into the same heap as my Charlotte Russe blouse.

2)   Don’t buy clothes you can’t afford to maintain.   I have to face it: frequently dry cleaning clothing is not in my monthly budget.  I know this about myself, so you aren’t going to find many dry clean items in my closet.  If you can’t afford to maintain it properly, don’t buy it!  Trying to hand or machine wash a dry clean only garment is just asking for trouble.  If you can afford to dry clean your items regularly, then by all means make it a part of your wardrobe!

3)   Don’t wash everything after every wear!  A few of you clean freaks are probably cringing right now, but it’s true!  Not every item needs to be washed after one wear.  Toss (no, gently place) underwear, workout gear, socks, and soiled items into the hamper, but most other garments don’t necessarily need to be washed right away.  I’ve gone an embarrassingly long time without washing some of my jeans.  I have skirts that I’ve worn several times and never washed or dry cleaned.  They still look almost new because their fibers haven’t broken down in the washing machine.  Lint rollers and stain remover pens can help extend the life of your clothes. Obviously, if you’ve stained or sweat in it: wash or dry clean it!

4)   When you do wash, wash wisely!  Separate your clothing according to color.  Darks, lights, and reds are usually go-to color loads.   Wash all clothes, unless they are extremely soiled, in cold water.  Not only will you notice a drop in your electricity bill (and maybe you could parlay that moolah into better quality clothing?), you will notice that your garments will show less fading and bleeding.  Separating also helps you keep from ending up with pink underwear (insert apology to my boyfriend here!).

5)   Organize, organize, organize!  I can’t stress this one enough.  Not only is a well organized closet and chest of drawers more visually appealing, it helps you to find your clothing quickly.  Back in my chaotic closet days, I would tear through my clothes looking for a specific item and end up with a big pile of clean clothes in the middle of my floor.  If I was in a hurry, you could bet those clothes were still laying on my floor when I left, and most likely they stayed there for a day or two until I got tired of walking over them.  If my closet was organized by color or garment type, I would have been able to go directly to the item I wanted and pull it out with no fuss.

These are a few ways to better maintain the clothing you’re featuring on a regular basis.  Even the best of us can’t pull off fray, fallen hems, open seams, or fading.  Buy smart, wash smart, and see how much further your clothes can go!

Nate, Lyla, and I went to the park to take pictures, and they just happened to be watering one section of grass. I personally thought this was a little weird to be doing at 7pm. Especially, while the senior citizens were still arriving for there ballroom lessons at the indoor pavilion right next to the sprinklers. However, to a three year old on a warm summery night, the sprinklers called out to Lyla just begging her to run through them. Of course, being the cool mom I am, when she asked me to join her I leaped at the opportunity. Literally!

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I’m just glad I decided not to wear a white t-shirt today, or I would have had to find a way to distract Lyla from the siren call of the sprinklers. I also would have ended up without pictures of this outfit, as I am not the type of person to compete in a wet t-shirt contest.

I’m kind of proud of this outfit. Really, how many ways can you rework a romper?!? I’ve worn it with tights and a motorcycle jacket, or with a tank and leggings underneath. However, those are just different ways to style the romper. Today, I decided to wear it as a pair of granny shorts. I really liked the way it turned out. The bonus was not finding another way to style this piece. It was going to the bathroom without stripping down!

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Shirt- Target, Romper as Shorts-Target, Shoes-Steve Madden

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Today’s post was originally written as a guest post for one of my blogger friends Natasha, over at Required 2 Be Inspired*. As I’m getting closer to my due date, I’m stretching some of my content out to help myself out. Please take a second and check out her wonderful blog.

My post today is inspired by one of Natasha’s own posts. She mentions how she has been adding a lot of self-made pieces to her wardrobe. Of course, that means they have also made their way into her blog posts too. It made her question herself and her dear readers.

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“The fact that I make so much of my clothes made me wonder if that keeps some people from wanting to read by blog.  I don’t really know how to explain myself…but I know that people read/look at fashion blogs for different reasons….and some of these people might only be interested in looking at outfits that include items that they can go to the mall and buy.”

Here is her own answer for reading style blogs.

“For myself I look at many blogs to be inspired by silhouettes, colour combinations, texture and print mixing….so I’m hoping that it doesn’t matter than many of the items I wear can’t be bought at the mall, but the overall idea behind my outfits can be used as an inspiration.”

This point of view was echoed in the comment section by many of her readers, including myself.  I love thrifted and self-made fashion, because, it sets you apart from the rest of the style pack.

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I was talking with another one of my blogging friends on Twitter, about blogs that focus entirely on one store. We agreed that not only do these types of blogs feature clothing that is completely out of most people’s price range. They end up looking more like walking advertisements for the store they chose to feature than having an organic style. Now, don’t take me wrong. Many of these stores/brands have wonderful pieces, and the bloggers look great. However, I just feel that for most people it is not realistic for them to do this.

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This same thing can be said for those that shop at the mall. We’ve all seen it happen, blogger after blogger snags the same popular piece of clothing. The “It” item of the month. Now these items are often styled differently by each person, and I think that is great. I love seeing new ways to style my wardrobe. I’m constantly being inspired by other bloggers, and I believe that is one of the wonderful things about this community. However, I don’t go out of my way to buy these pieces that seem to be “Must Haves”. Instead, I add the pieces I like to my list, and next time I’m headed out to thrift stores I keep my eye open for items that are similar to these pieces. Sometimes, you have to broaden your horizons a bit to see how you could alter or adjust pieces to reflect your goal.

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I usually feel really good about myself in thrifted pieces. Not only am I helping items find a new home, and at a bargain price that is kind to my wallet, I am usually wearing something that not everybody else is. This is an even bigger of a thrill when wearing something self-made. Unless you have the energy to make one of your new creations for all of your friends too; you are always wearing a one of a kind item. I don’t personally have a lot of talent for making things myself. I actually don’t even have a sewing machine, but I may be getting my mother in-law’s sewing machine. I may be teaching myself to sew, and creating a few unique pieces for myself soon. Instead, I’ve made lots of little adjustments to things I already have, or thrift. For an example, I really wanted a pair of brightly colored shorts to wear this summer. I didn’t find any while thrifting, but I did find this pair of khaki Bermuda shorts that I dyed and cuffed to fit my desire.

Why do you like shopping at thrift stores? Do you have the talent to make self-made fashion? Is your wardrobe filled with these bargain treasures?

*disclamer: Although, this has been published before, I verify that I am the original author of the content both on the guest post, and here on this blog.

I love vintage dresses and even vintage, inspired dresses. However, I shed a tear when I see one that has been chopped so short that the wearer’s derrière is about to peak out with each step. Worse yet, they are sporting tacky, trashy, and/or horribly mismatched  under garments. This feeling goes with modern pieces too.

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I’m not saying you should never be allowed to hem vintage items, or any clothing for that matter. Sometimes, it is a necessity to provide proper fit to not only flatter the person wearing it. It can also help maintain the life of your new treasures. Nobody wants to see your skirt drag on the ground, or you develop nasty stains on the hem of your new to you pants suit. Check out Wearing It on My Sleeves, she does a great feature that displays her thrifted finds remade.

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A nice, little reminder for those that do choose to wear your dresses and skirts short. Invest in a pair of bicycle shorts or even a pair of denim cut-offs. The cut-offs can actually look really cute with the right dress. You can leave them long to add a more distressed element to your outfit, or roll them up so they don’t show while still covering your backside.

 

Now there are some eras that the dresses were already on the short side, or you snag a piece that has already been shortened. Yes, if I happen along one of those pieces you can bet I will wear it with pride. However, like this piece here I styled it for spring with leggings and cute flats.

Here What is your take on altering vintage pieces? What are your ways of making pieces that are too short more appropriate?

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